Tonbridge Invitation
19 July 2009

Pictured above Kin Ryu's Judoka

Last weekend saw a flurry of medals for Kin Ryu Judo Club as members of the clubs junior section took to the mats at the Class Master invitation held in Tonbridge, Kent.

This was to be a tough event even for some of the clubs more seasoned players and although they were nervous they were determined to do their best.

The first to fight were the players in the 5 – 6 year old age group.

The club had three players in this section, Suzanna Neave, Lia Thompson and Catherine Burke.

All fought well and showed a very high skill standard for the age of these players and were rewarded with a bronze medal for Lia, Silver for Catherine and the first gold of the day for Suzanna.

Following these were the players in the 7 – 8 year old group.

The club was represented by Lauren Graves, William Burke, Zack Wake, Sam Howarth – Moore, and Adam Funnell.

All fought hard and had some tough fights but after some outstanding performances returned with bronze Adam, silver for Sam and golds for Lauren, Zack and William.

Adam then was given the spirit of judo award in his group for his sheer determination especially after getting a hard knock in his second fight and carrying on to win his third.

The next group was the 9 and 10 year olds and in this group were some of the clubs’ more experienced players.

The club was represented by Joseph O’Doherty, Jane Neave, Andrew Woods, Harrison Lynn, Jack Thompson, Sean Cumper and Matthew Graves.

This group faced some tough opposition and in some cases found themselves against opponents that were far more experienced than themselves, but all showed great skill and determination and thoroughly earned their medals.

In this group bronze went to Matthew and Sean, silver to Jane and Harrison and golds to Joseph, Jack and Andrew.

The final group of Kin Ryu fighters were in the 11-14 year old section and these were Anna O’Doherty, David O’Doherty, Scott Woods, Ashley Coyne, Peter Brown and Ellie Woods.

All fighter had a lot to live up to as the youngsters had had a great day but they rose to the challenge with bronze going to Ashley, silvers going to Ellie Scott and Peter and golds going to David and Anna making it a hatrick for the O’Doherty family.

As well as this Kin Ryu won the trophy for entering the most players into the event, so congratulations to all!!